Scott defines the approach as ?focused aggression,? with an emphasis on targeting fastballs. They discourage players from swinging at breaking balls before two strikes. Instructors run drills to enhance pitch recognition. During instructional league action last year, hitters were forced to take a strike before they swung.
With all minor-league hitters set to report this weekend, Scott and his staff assembled a PowerPoint presentation. One slide displayed how on-base percentage and walks per plate appearance correlates with playoff berths. Another series of slides shows heat maps for what pitches sluggers like Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp attack when they?re ahead in the count. Each map flared red-orange over the middle of the plate.